Feb 13, 2013 6:00am PST
this congress to get together, pursue a bipartisan market based solution to climate change. like the one john mccain and joe lieberman worked on together a few years ago. but if congress won't act soon to protect future generations, i will. >> that barely veiled message to republicans in congress, if you really hate the epa now, just watch how i empower them through executive action. overall, the president's message to congress was hardly conciliatory. the most praise he lavished on members was about efforts on immigration reform. >> as we speak, bipartisan groups in both chambers are working diligently to draft a bill, and i applaud their efforts. let's get this done. send me a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the next few months, and i will sign it right away and america will be better for it. >> by the way, buried in the speech is something that the president didn't want to advertise, but was there as a hint to republicans on where he's ready to compromise on the deficit and sequester. he called for cuts to medicaid equal to what bowles/simpson proposed. never said the number. close to $3
Feb 12, 2013 6:00pm PST
market-based solution to climate change like the one john mccain and joe lieberman worked on together a few years ago. but if congress won't act soon to protect future generations i will. (applause) ly directly direct my cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take now and in the future to reduce pollution prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy. and four years ago other countries dominated the clean energy market and the jobs that came with it. we've begun to change that. last year, wind energy added nearly half of new power capacity in america. so let's generate even more. solar energy gets cheaper by the year. let's drive down costs even further. as long as countries like china keep going all in on clean energy so must we. in the meantime, the natural gas boom has led to cleaner power and greater energy independence. we need to encourage that. that's why my administration will keep cutting red tape and speeding up new oil and gas permits. that's got to be part of an all of the above plan.